Senior Research Software Architect
University of Maryland
We will share an update on the Digital Repository at Scale that Invites Computation (DRAS-TIC) repository initiative and our recent work prototyping a digital asset management system for the U.S. National Parks Service. Specifically, we are thrilled to work with the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., where the National Archives for Black Women’s History holds the archives of the National Council of Negro Women and many other African American women’s organizations. Based on previous high-scale repository work with the Trellis Linked Data Platform, reported to CNI in 2016 and 2018, this repository leverages Apache Kafka event streams and Apache Cassandra storage to provide workflow support for complex auto-curation and extract-transform-load (ETL) applications. The software uses a graduated approach to enriching the archival context and access to digital artifacts, extracting linked data and migrating files to access formats, while leaving original sources in the format and context in which they were supplied. With the back-end software in place, we have built a drag-and-drop ingest web interface and we are currently developing a web interface for archival access.
Mark Conrad, Archives Consultant (formerly NARA)
Richard Marciano, UMD iSchool
Lyneise Williams, UNC Art & Art History